February 25, 2013 The center-left was favored, but there was no clear winner as the ballots were counted. Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition was not expected to do well, but was leading in the upper house of Parliament.
February 25, 2013 Talks start Tuesday in Kazakhstan. The U.S. and its allies want Iran to give up any ambitions for nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
February 25, 2013 Park Geun-hye, daughter of the late dictator Park Chung-hee, faces an uphill battle in her efforts to forge a new relationship with Pyongyang.
February 25, 2013 The Swedish furniture giant has become the latest retailer swept up in Europe's widening horse meat scandal. The affected meatballs have been pulled from stores in more than a dozen countries.
February 25, 2013 The church's cardinals can start the process of choosing a new pope right after Benedict's resignation takes effect later this week — rather than wait the 15 days that rules had required. One cardinal, Keith O'Brien of Britain, has stepped down after being accused of inappropriate behavior.
February 24, 2013 Thousands of women were taken into Magdalene Laundries, run by the Catholic Church, and forced to work without pay. The practice went on for decades after Ireland's independence, with the last one closing in 1996. For the first time, the state has acknowledged and apologized for its role in facilitating the practice.